Effect of juggling therapy on anxiety disorders in female patients

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Aims: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of juggling therapy for anxiety disorder patients.

Design and Method: Subjects were 17 female outpatients who met the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for anxiety disorders. Subjects were treated with standard psychotherapy, medication and counseling for 6 months. For the last 3 months of treatment, subjects were randomized into either a non-juggling group (n = 9) or a juggling therapy group (juggling group: n = 8). The juggling group gradually acquired juggling skills by practicing juggling beanbags (otedama in Japan) with both hands. The therapeutic effect was evaluated using scores of psychological testing (STAI: State and Trate Anxiety Inventry, POMS: Profile of Mood Status) and of ADL (FAI: Franchay Activity Index) collected before treatment, 3 months after treatment (before juggling therapy), and at the end of both treatments.

Results: After 6 months, an analysis of variance revealed that scores on the state anxiety, trait anxiety subscales of STAI and tension-anxiety (T-A) score of POMS were significantly lower in the juggling group than in the non-juggling group (p < 0.01). Depression, anger-hostility scores of POMS were improved more than non-jugglers. In the juggling group, activity scores on the vigor subscale of POMS and FAI score were significantly higher than those in the non juggling group (p < 0.01). Other mood scores of POMS did not differ between the two groups.

Conclusion: These findings suggest that juggling therapy may be effective for the treatment of anxiety disorders.course × group (p < 0.0001 and F(2,30) = 40.26, p = 0.023 and F(2,30) = 4.27, respectively). Depression and anger-hostility scores were significantly lower in the juggling group than in the non-juggling group at the end of the treatment (p = 0.0074, p = 0.026, respectively).

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English

Original Work Citation

Nakahara, T., Nakahara, K., Uehara, M., Koyama, K., Li, K., Harada, T., Yasuhara, D., Taguchi, H., Kojima, S., Sagiyama, K., & Inui, A. (2007, May). Effect of juggling therapy on anxiety disorders in female patients.  BioPsychoSocial Medicine, 1(10), 1-4.  doi:doi:10.1186/1751-0759-1-10

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“Effect of juggling therapy on anxiety disorders in female patients,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 28, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/20018.

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